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|1985 Kramer Baretta (Kline/Billy Connoly) |
For sale is a very rare 1985 Kramer Baretta, This is a great piece of Kramer history! The guitar was originally purchased from the estate of the late Billy "Falcon" Connolly. For you Kramer collectors, Billy worked in Kramer's custom shop for many years and is the original builder and painter of the EVH 5150 and 1984 guitars as well as several other guitars. Other than for EVH, Billy custom built guitars for many musicians. This guitar was commissioned by Kramer to be painted by Kline in 1985 for Les Paul and is one of the very early Kline paint jobs. Kramer wanted to present Les Paul with a very special Kramer so they asked Kline to come up with a graphic. Kline came up with the reel to reel graphic to be built and presented to Les Paul in tribute for all of his accomplishments and contributions to the music recording industry. During the process of clearcoating the finish, a crack developed in the clearcoat just under Kline's signature. The guitar still needs additional layers of clear coat but Billy wanted to keep it as is. In fact, there are no screw holes on the back of the guitar for the tremolo cavity and, as you can see, covers were never added for the controls cavity either. Kramer was also trying to decide whether to provide Les Paul with a standard tremolo version or Floyd version. In the end they went with the Floyd version. To the best of my knowledge Les Paul gave the guitar to charity where it was auctioned off and an individual in the UK now owns the only other version of this guitar that I am aware of. You can see this guitar featured on the vintage Kramer web site
The body is a very early Baretta body. As you can see this does not have a Floyd Rose on it but rather a standard tremolo making it the only Baretta that left the Kramer factory with a non Floyd Trem making it that much more a rare piece. Also notice the rare Falcon logo on the headstock instead of the standard Kramer logo. The guitar has not been played in over 20 ears and will need a set up if you plan on playing her.
The guitar will be professionally packed and shipped fully insured in a Kramer HSC. International buyers please contact me for a shipping quote. Please visit my other auctions for more rare Kramers and highend gear!
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